31 January 2021
We have a mystery here in Pittsburgh.
Since last fall a winter flock of 10,000 to 20,000 crows has staged and roosted in or near Oakland. On 16 January I counted 4,000 flying over Schenley Park golf course on their way to the roost. Nine days later, on 25 January, I saw only two crows.
Only 2! The crows are not staging in Oakland and they no longer fly over Schenley Park. I know they’re here somewhere because it’s too early for them to leave town. Where they heck are they?
I tried to find out without driving all over town. On Friday evening I watched from the roof deck at sunset. The only crows in the sky were very far away, flying down the Monongahela River toward town, probably visible from Hazelwood and Greenfield.
Where were those crows going? Where are the rest of them? Where are they sleeping?
If you know the answer please leave a message. Believe it or not I miss them.
(photo by It’s No Game on Flickr via Creative Commons license; click on the caption to see the original)